US President that play music instruments


Hi all. With the election in America  over thought it might be interesting to do research on president’s  that play musical instrumentsmount-rushmore-1082123_640 . So I have done some research that I found interesting and entertaining . So I hope this post is presidential.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

He was the 3rd president. He played the violin and cello. I wonder if he played in the white house .

John Quincy Adams  (1767-1848)

He was the 6th president.  He played the flute

John Tyler (1790-1862)

He was the 10th president. He played the violin.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

He was the 16th president. He also played the violin.

Chester Alan Arthur (1829-1886)

He was the 21st president after the assassination of president James A. Garfield. He played the banjo.

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1182-1945)

He was the 32nd president. He played piano and sang in school choir.

Warren Harding (1865-192)

He was the 29th president. He organized the citizens cornet band. They were available for both Republican and Democratic rallies.He once commented “I played every instrument but the slide trombone and the E-flat cornet”.

Richard Nixon (1913-1994)

He was the 37th president.He was a classically trained pianist and played accordion.

Ronald Reagan (1911-2004)

He was the 40th president. He played the harmonica and also was an actor.

Bill Clinton (born 1946)

He was the 42nd president. In 1993 the white house and Bill Clinton celebrated  the Newport Jazz Festival with a live broadcast from there. president plays the saxophone. He is a big jazz fan.I think he brought mew attention to jazz.

Barack Obama (born 1961)

He is the 44th president. I proclaim he is a vocalist. He may not agree but he is a huge music supporter enthusiast. He is old school, soul blues, R&B, hip hop, wrap and much more.  As a sitting president he put out a summer play last. Had numerous artist’s come to the white house. I do think this is part of his legacy as president.


To the future presidents

I truly hope that the future presidents  carry on the white house support of music. If you are trying to bring a country together I think you have to support music and the harmony universal language healing and calm music brings to people. Here at rockervera we believe  there is no peace and calm  without music. Weather you are a president artist performer music doesn’t care what religion color or believes you have. All I know is when someone hears music they relate to there attitude changes and life gets happier. So my hats off to all the musical presidents keep music close and dear to your harts. Please leave a comment or suggestions below.  Have a great day!




4 thoughts on “US President that play music instruments”

  1. What a great article. I agree that music can change a nation. I also believe it can change it for the better or, the worse. I I know for myself if I put on my favourite tunes my mood will change. I also know that as an actor that if I want to create an emotional state all I have to listen to is a particular genre of music.

    I am not American, so I don’t know enough about the personalities of your presidents. So, I am left wondering whether their character reflects the instrument that they play. I know Bill Clinton has a very smooth voice and therefore I am not surprised that he plays the saxophone and that he is a fan of Jazz. Obama has a great voice too, in which I agree that he would be a vocalist. Do the other personalities of the president reflect the instrument they play?

    1. Hi Amberlee I think you totally got why I wrote about this. It does bring to my mind questions of how does being musical affect your decision making. I think this might be interesting to see how calm under pressure a musical president is compared to non musical. I have wondered if music expands one’s mind to be more open to the ideas of others. Also we haven’t had a heavy metal president to be able to compare against a jazz or classical president.

      You have made me sit back and think about this.We do have four presidents that we have for a comparison of how they performed their duties as commander and chief of this country. Nixon Reagan Clinton,and Obama. I really appreciate this comment. You have given me a lot of things to think about would like to continue this conversation with you and anyone else. Have a great day!

  2. Fantastic article. As a musician and a history buff, this article was right up my alley. I think it’s safe to say that the reason so many of the earlier presidents played instruments is because there weren’t many forms of entertainment back then. Live music in that era was an important part of social gatherings.
    Can you imagine going to a dinner party and seeing a President behind a piano?
    Perhaps our current POTUS should consider taking up the harp…

    1. Thank you it is very interesting how music is so much a part of our politics it is my favorite form of expressing your feelings and views.

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